Watch the Greek dance

Watch the Greek dance
Loucas Yiorkas feat. Stereo Mike Photo: Elke Roels (EBU)
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Watch My Dance is the title of this years Greek entry. Loucas Yiorkas and Stereo Mike have created an original concept mixing traditional Greek folk music with modern hip hop. They gave their second round of rehearsals today.

Anticipation backstage

Loucas Yiorkas enjoyed the first rehearsal, and was happy to return backstage, preparing to do it all again. "It was very cool, I've been looking forward to the moment when I could do it again," he says.

He is also in party mood, having attended two delegation events thus far and says "Tonight we have our party. There will be some surprises, so we hope everyone can come there and have a drink with us"

People in Greece are giving the duo good feedback after the first rehearsal. Stereo Mike explains:

"Apparently, people there really enjoyed the first rehearsal. They see the progress from our national final appearance. And it's very nice to collaborate with the organisers here, it's all very professional."

Traditional mixed with modern

In keeping with the meaning of the song, the choreography on stage also contrasts two styles, just as with the song. There is a mix of breakdancing and traditional Greek dancing. The dancers have had to slightly change the routine, to make it more compact as they thought they would have more room on stage.

The backdrop is very dark but effective, featuring ancient ruins against black and flashing blue light.

Eurovision is like a school

Loucas explains a little more about the concept of the song, saying "We wanted to put an English rap with this Greek sound. We wanted to mix the two elements together, the oldest folk music in Greek, and the most worldwide modern rap and hip hop together." He continues:

I like the traditional folk Greek music, it's my favourite but I like to learn more about other styles. Eurovision is like a school for us all with the different musical styles on offer here!

Stereo Mike is a lecturer as well as a rap artist. He explains "I teach at the University of Westminster in London, i'm here as a performer rather than a lecturer though! We're all active in the music business in our department."

Loucas promises to smile more

A journalist jokingly said that every in every promotional photograph, Loucas was not smiling. In response he said "I'm quite a serious musician, but I can assure you that in every other photo I take from now on i'll be smiling widely!"

The team described a little more about the traditional Zeibekiko dance. "It's an old dance, spiritual dance, lonely dance, one dances by himself with a strong rhythm.It's theme is to speak about yourself to take out angers and to be strong again, to cleanse the body."

Greece are ready to host if they win

The Greek Head of Delegation was asked about the possibility of Greece being able to host next year if they won, given the current economical climate.

She replied "We are here to participate in the song contest. We are ready to participate, we know all of our rights and obligations. Our main goal is to go to the final. If we won, of course we can organise a very good contest like the 2006 one in Athens.You can organise a good contest with less cost. I can promise you Greece can organise a very good Eurovision with less money."

Loucas closed the press conference by singing his favourite song from the Eurovision Song Contest, the Serbia & Montengro entry from 2004 Lane Moje.


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  • Posted on 16/May 2011 at 19:04
    Would have been better without silly Stereo Mike who is totally awful and fake rapper, what was Greece thinking combing such a world class act like Loucas who in my opinion was one of the best performances and represented the passion of his country extremely well. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2011 at 20:19
    Sixaritiria Luka kai stereo mike! H emfanich cac htan teleia kai a3izate cigura mia 9ech cth dekada! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2011 at 13:25
    YES, BUT LITHUANIA WAS 19TH AT THE FINAL WITH ONLY 63 POINTS
    AND *GREECE* WAS 7TH WITH *120* POINTS

    EUROPE SHOWED TO ALL OF U WHO SAID THAT GREECE ISN'T GOOD THE TRUTH!!

    **AND YEAH! WE WERE 1RS ON THE 1ST SEMI FINAL!! WE'RE PROUD FOR GREEK SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NIKOLETA FROM GREECE!:):) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2011 at 11:34
    On the first semi final Greece won on 1st place and Azerbaijan 2nd :P.Greece was better !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2011 at 11:27
    Terrible , ur song was bad . I dont like it .


    From Lithuania . report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2011 at 09:08
    Maria

    Well done Louca! Your voice is truly mesmerising! I wish you had sung the entire song on your own, though, without the 'rap' bit, as you would have definitely won the competition. It was also great to listen to Greek once again in Eurovision, not just English! Good luck with your singing career!!!! You are great!!!!

    Love from the USA report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2011 at 22:35
    It's an amazing song, love it! Loukas is the best, he has a brilliant voice! This year GREECE absolutely have my vote!!
    Hugs&kisses from Hungary report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2011 at 19:18
    loukas sinxaritiria emena toulaxiston me auto t tragoudi me kanis na nio8o perifani ..
    dinis tn psixi sou kai auto fenete pragmatika sou aksizi mia kali thesi
    ..kai auto tha gini mono an kapoioi katalaboun ti psixi kai dinami dinis..
    anatrixiasa otan se akousa stn imiteliko..
    KALI EPITIXIA ELLADA.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 20:02
    When I first saw the performance at the Greek final on ert, I didn't like it that much but I have to say, that they did a great job at the first semi-final, especially Loukas voice was very powerful. Good luck for Saturday!!!

    Another thing: does anybody know why ert didn't show the semi-finals? Will they show the final? I've got the feeling that ert does not support the act as much as they did the other ones in the past years. Or maybe I just switched my tv at the wrong time on. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 14:29
    vote for greece
    ελλαδα ρεεεεεεε report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 13:00
    well done loucas!!!!!you made us proud!!!!!!!Those who know history in europe understands,the others do not care.....wherever you get ,you are the winner for us and thank you for that!!!!!!!!sooooooo....go for greece and good luck!!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 00:07
    good luck, lucas & mike i honestly think you had a powerful performance ...i felt really proud the other night and i can't wait till saturday! you were fantastic both of you....good luck Hellas!
    maria/greece report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 18:45
    WE FEEL THE MUSIC FEEL THE SONG WATCH THEIR GREEK DANCE FEEL THEIR HEARTBEATS GO LOUCAS YIORKAS FEAT STEREO MIKE GO GO GREECE OLE OLE OLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 18:39
    THIS IS THE BEST EUROVISION SONG CONTEST EVER WE FEEL THE HEARTBEATS WE FEEL THE MUSIC FEEL THE SONG THE WORDS THE MEANING OF WATCH MY DANCE WATCH THEIR DANCE GO GO GO LOUCAS YIORKAS FEAT STEREO MIKE OLE OLE OLE OLE !!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 18:33
    GO LOUCAS WE FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT AND WE SURE WATCH THE DANCE OLE OLE !!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator